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The Team

Walk through the door of one of our offices and your ears will instantly pick up on the diversity of backgrounds that make up our workforce: you’ve entered a land where no two people share the same accent.

Lean in a little closer to the productive chatter and you’ll hear illustrators brainstorming with marketing whizzes, social media gurus with tech geniuses, people with all kinds of educational and professional experience working hard.

What we share is a belief. We believe that exploring and understanding differences between people, places and cultures will bring everyone closer together.

These people lead the teams that are inspired by this belief every day.

Dr Kris Naudts

Dr Kris Naudts

CEO & Founder

Born and raised in Belgium, with short stints in South Africa and Israel during medical school, Kris moved to London to become an academic psychiatrist at King’s College – Europe’s largest centre for research in psychiatry and neuroscience. He also worked as medical director of a large private psychiatric hospital in London. However, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for global culture and stories led him to change career and found Culture Trip. In his spare time, Kris enjoys travel, theatre and jazz.

JERUSALEM

Inbal Rosenshtock

Inbal Rosenshtock

VP R&D

Passionate about technology, Inbal graduated from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, with a BSc in Information Systems. Inbal joined Elbit Systems as a Real Time Developer in the avionics field, and in her next roles she worked on Big Data environments, implementing machine learning algorithms on distributed systems. Most recently, Inbal has been working as the Vice President of Research and Development for C-B4, a startup which provides predictive analytics solutions. An enthusiastic artist, Inbal hops between painting, sewing, sculpting and many other craft projects. When she isn’t working or enjoying her art, Inbal tries to travel as much of the world as she can and is always thinking of her next adventure.

TEL AVIV

Nick Jakobi

Nick Jakobi

Chief Product Officer

Nick started his career in Artificial Intelligence with a PhD in Evolutionary Robotics and several years in AI startups before joining Google as one of their first European Product Managers in 2006. During his 7.5 years at Google, Nick worked on a number of different products including YouTube, Ads, Emerging Markets and Offers. He then joined State, an ambitious new social network designed to connect people by their opinions rather than who they already knew. Unfortunately, product features alone are not enough to make people leave where their friends are and Nick joined Facebook in 2014 to work on Brand Advertising. Although great in many ways, Nick yearned for something more interesting, creative and worthwhile and he left Facebook to join Culture Trip in early 2017.

BRIGHTON

Anthony Johnston

Anthony Johnston

Director of Hub Operations

Anthony has spent much of his career as a journalist in Russia and the UK. The Irishman worked for Moscow-based news agency RIA Novosti as a reporter and translator, before moving to London to join the global newspaper network Metro International. There, he rose to the position of editor-in-chief of Metro’s newswire service, leading a team of writers and editors across the globe to create exclusive news and lifestyle content for Metro editions in 23 countries. Today, Anthony manages the development of Culture Trip’s hubs, overseeing a community of writers and photographers in cities worldwide. Anthony holds a BA in European Studies (Trinity College Dublin) and an MPhil in Russian Studies (University of Cambridge). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking holidays, playing rugby at amateur club level, and going to the opera and ballet.

DUBLIN

Ewa Zubek

Ewa Zubek

VP Social

Ewa [ey-va] was born into a newly democratic Poland, but raised in England, where she studied French and German at the University of Oxford. An insatiable explorer, she’s lived in Florence, Berlin, Brussels, London, Warsaw and Singapore, worked at diplomatic institutions and has written for international publications, including The Huffington Post. A regular contributor to Culture Trip since its very beginning, Ewa quickly fell in love with the pace and creativity of the start-up world and, soon after, became the company’s first Managing Editor. Now, as the platform’s Social Media Director, Ewa oversees social strategy across the world. Outside of Culture Trip, you can find her reading and planning travels… probably on culturetrip.com.

HONG KONG

Ben Shacham

Ben Shacham

VP Content

Ben was born and raised in London. After studying Geography at the University of Oxford, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant. During that time he worked with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups, to venture capital and private equity-backed clients, as well as large multinational public companies. He brings his client experience across sectors as diverse as Technology, Retail and Leisure and Manufacturing. Ben has travelled extensively in South America, driven the length of Mozambique, and spent 2.5 months living in northern Thailand. In his spare time he loves watching his beloved Arsenal, spending time with friends and family, and playing any and every sport.

NEW YORK

Product/Tech

Dick Soule

Dick Soule

Chief Revenue Officer

Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (Dad was a P&G marketer) and moved to NYC. He grew up in the safe and tame suburbs of Connecticut. He attended Brown University where he majored in Semiotics. His first foreign travel took him to China and Hong Kong back in 1979. Dick Soule has been bringing emerging media products to global markets for over a quarter of a century. Most recently, he was immersed in the VR and AR worlds. As the first head of global sales at YouTube, he played a key role in developing and driving their sponsorship and media programs. Dick has held senior positions at Sony, Samsung, MTV Networks and McGraw Hill’s China publications. His global chops were honed during an eight-year posting in Singapore for Business Week and CNN and later with MTV Asia. There are few countries that Dick has not visited in APAC. He has also traveled in South America and Europe extensively for work and pleasure. Outside of Culture Trip, Dick is attempting to raise four rambunctious children, find time to bike and play soccer (football) and listen to as much jazz as he can.

MUMBAI

Andrew Whitehead

Andrew Whitehead

Finance Director

Andy has lived and worked in and around London for most of his life. After studying Law at Cardiff University, he spent a year travelling in India, Nepal, South-East Asia, and Australia, and worked for several months in Sydney. In 2004, Andy joined lastminute.com and qualified as a chartered management accountant, holding various roles in accounting and financial analysis in several brands within the group. Most recently he was European Director of Planning and Analysis, and worked on a number of strategic, M&A, and integration projects. Outside of work, Andy enjoys holidaying with his family (and taking too many photos), cycling, learning Spanish, and playing the piano.

PORTO

Kathelijne Beckers

Kathelijne Beckers

VP Legal

After studying law in Belgium and Italy, Kathelijne worked as a lawyer in Brussels. Prior to joining Culture Trip, Kathelijne worked as legal counsel at Materialise, a global 3D printing services provider listed on Nasdaq, where she worked on a number of M&A projects and software and technology transactions, and advised on securities laws and filings. In her spare time Kathelijne enjoys travelling, running, swimming, and baking cookies for her family and friends. Kathelijne loves New York for the energy it exuberates.

NEW YORK

Alan Vanstone

Alan Vanstone

Director of Product

Alan is a native Brit, originally from Surrey but he now lives in North West London. After completing a business degree at Coventry University he has worked in digital product management across various verticals including travel, publishing, dating, finance, TV and education. Before joining Culture Trip, he most recently worked at Sky as Senior Product Lead for content discovery. His passion is for using technology to help people discover new things that improve their lives. He has been to 47 countries across every continents except Antarctica, which he hopes to also visit someday.

XIAN

Andreas Gertsch Grover

Andreas Gertsch Grover

Head of Data Science

Andreas is originally from Switzerland and moved to London for his PhD in Biomedical Physics developing an imaging system to classify tumours. He then worked optimising energy systems, a social fashion network, cloud infrastructure, and most recently an on-demand delivery service. At Culture Trip Andreas digs into the data to unearth insights to further improve the content and to enhance the experience of our awesome users. Besides work he likes to train human neural-networks (playing with his young son Waris).

KASAULI, INDIA

Elena Fuetsch

Elena Fuetsch

Product Manager

Elena is originally from Reno, Nevada but got the travel bug and has lived and worked in the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. After studying International Relations & Economics, she started her career at Google where she managed operations and launches for payments and telecommunications products for five years. After completing an MBA at INSEAD, she was looking for a smaller company and great people…which she found at Culture Trip! She is now a Product Manager focusing on building a digital platform for creators to co-create, develop content, and generally be even more creative. When she isn’t working, she enjoys a break from the computer screen, adventuring outdoors, and building furniture and tinkering with making things.

LISBON